12 October 2015
Architectural Association, London
This week, as the annual Frieze Art Fair is held in London, the lecture to attend at the AA is evidently one by a pair of artists – Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. The duo have worked together since 1995 in a practice based between London and Berlin. Amongst their most well known works are “Prada Marfa” (2005) – a full scale replica of a Prada boutique in the middle of the Texan desert, an installation for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square called “Powerless Structures, Fig.101“, and their 2013 exhibition “Tomorrow” which recreated an architect’s apartment within the Textile Galleries of the V&A. Elmgreen and Dragset will speak about their spatial installations in a talk titled Staging Spaces on Thursday evening at the AA.
Also this week, the What’s Next lecture series that invites graduate back to the AA to speak about their unique forms of practice begins again this academic year on Monday with a talk by Amita Kulkarni of Studio Amita Vikrant who will discuss Under Construction – the creation of an architectural studio as the ultimate project. This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception to allow students to speak to Amita in more detail. The same night will also see the launch of Auto-Destructive Art: Metzger at the AA in the AA Bookshop. Then, on Tuesday, AA alumnus Ole Scheeren continues the What’s Next series with a talk about his eponymous office under the title Connective Architecture(s). And finally on Thursday, AA XX 100 will start their programme for the new academic year with a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon as part of a global initiative to enhance and create pages about women in architecture. The London session will be held from 3pm onwards in the AA’s New Soft Room.